• @runjun
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    1518 months ago

    Bring back the IR blaster. No one apparently misses it but me.

    • @brlemworld
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      218 months ago

      I’d rather have an IR blaster than a headphone jack

    • SGH FanOP
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      88 months ago

      Forgot that. Actually, the Redmi Note 12 that I’m typing this on actually has one! But in the US, yeah.

    • @[email protected]
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      78 months ago

      I was not missing it for about a couple years but now I’m missing it again, it was just so damn good and like why can’t our monitors and PCs get IR receiver then we would be about to use a remote to play/pause, control volume, and forward and rewind things on it (yes you can also use wifi based apps, but I don’t want to set up an ad hoc network every time I need it or connect to an open WiFi)

      P.S. I’m aware my idea isn’t the best, but it’s just the perfect mix of convenience and usability for me

      • @runjun
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        58 months ago

        I was annoyed when they removed it but a lot of electronics did add apps for the electronics so it wasn’t a huge deal then. But between the poor performance and privacy issues of the apps, I really miss the IR blaster.

      • @[email protected]
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        28 months ago

        Shouldn’t it be possible to just use one of the cameras or even the light sensor as receiver and the screen as sender? At that point, you only need software support.

        • @[email protected]
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          18 months ago

          well, maybe. Neither cameras nor screens are optimized for the infrared spectrum (in fact, cameras in particular filter it). So that might be possible but I wouldn’t bet on it

        • @[email protected]
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          8 months ago

          Might not be as reliable and will be less efficient in just trying to encode and decode messages in them without needing an epilepsy warning every time you use it.

          Edit: unless you meant generating and reading IR through them, in which case it might not work at all

    • @[email protected]
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      18 months ago

      I just bought a USB C adapter two weekends ago. Lives on my keychain for when I’m somewhere with a TV that’s a little too loud.

    • @[email protected]
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      18 months ago

      If you really want to control your TV from your phone, why not just use an app to control it over the local network that’s probably available if your TV has been released in the past 10 years or so? Doesn’t even have to be in line of sight for that.

      • @runjun
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        58 months ago

        In my experience, the apps are extremely spotty. That’s besides privacy concerns.